Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts offers Puppetry Training to Students
In 2015 Spare Parts Puppet Theatre partnered with the Western Australian Performing Arts Academy (WAAPA) to create a puppetry and visual theatre unit as part of the Bachelor of Performing Arts degree, giving students the opportunity to explore puppetry training as part of their course.
Dr Frances Barbe, Course Coordinator at Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts said that she was very excited to be incorporating puppetry into the training of the performance-making students.
“Puppetry is a great training tool to sensitise performers to the full potential of objects in performance and to develop the visual intelligence of our performance-makers,” she said.
“Through their work with Spare Parts, our students will become more visual storytellers who understand the power of the image and metaphor in performance as well as the power of the word. Puppetry is evolving in all kinds of interesting ways in contemporary theatre and performance. We are so lucky to have a company like Spare Parts here on our door-step, and I look forward to building on this exciting partnership in the future.”
Now in it’s third year, the Bachelor of Performing Arts students are currently devising and will be performing the show Sleep under the direction of Michael Barlow.
Last year Spare Parts Puppet Theatre partnered with Curtin University to devise and perform The Secret in the Wings at Spare Parts Puppet Theatre.
Funny, fierce and fantastical, The Secret in the Wings was filled with stories of love, cruelty and transformation. Fusing drama, puppetry and live music into a highly visual performance framed by the classic story Beauty and the Beast.
This presentation showcased the emerging artists from Curtin University’s Theatre Arts program and was co-directed by Spare Parts Puppet Theatre’s Philip Mitchell and Curtin’s Leah Mercer.